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| Author: AkG |
Date: April 27, 2010
Product Name: Corsair Force F100 100GB SSD
Continuing the trend of frugally recycling as much as they could across all their new lines, Corsair has opted for a monotone dark grey colour for both the cover and the case of the F100. Unfortunately, because of this it is hard to tell the Nova apart from the Force line by just looking at them and you literally need to take the time to read the model number off the lone label. On the positive side, the aggressive single colour scheme Corsair has gone with does make it look impressive even when it is just sitting on your work bench.
If there was one issue we had with the Nova it was the fact that it only came with one label and the same holds true for the Force line. As we explained in the Corsair Nova review, the only reason we are not fond lovers of single label setups is because it makes including all the pertinent data quite difficult. There really is only so much real-estate available on a single sticker and some things had to be dropped to make room for the model and size information.
Unfortunately, the label is lacking one crucial peace of information: maximum rated power draw. The Corsair website states that this drive is rated for a maximum of 2 watts power draw off the 5v line (0.4 of an amp).
Even just by looking at the end of this drive you can tell that the cases the Nova and Force reside in are the same. The reason we are so sure of this is simple: this drive does not use jumper pins for firmware flashing yet the cutout for them is there. There is literally no good reason for this cutout to exist, except for the fact that one line (the Reactor series) needs jumper pins for its firmware update and thus ALL three (or more) lines get it. This is certainly taking frugality to extremes but it doesn’t phase us at all considering the exterior design of SSDs shouldn’t be of much concern. However, with the exception of the missing power information and missing 2.5 to 3.5 adapter we really don’t have any issues with the lengths Corsair has gone to help cut costs without cutting important “corners”.